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Definition of brood:

  1. Heavy waste in tin and copper ores.
  2. Kept for breeding from; as, a brood mare; brood stock; having young; as, a brood sow.
  3. Sitting or inclined to sit on eggs.
  4. That which is bred or produced; breed; species.
  5. The young birds hatched at one time; a hatch; as, a brood of chickens.
  6. The young from the same dam, whether produced at the same time or not; young children of the same mother, especially if nearly of the same age; offspring; progeny; as, a woman with a brood of children.
  7. To cherish with care.
  8. To have the mind dwell continuously or moodily on a subject; to think long and anxiously; to be in a state of gloomy, serious thought; - usually followed by over or on; as, to brood over misfortunes.
  9. To sit on and cover eggs, as a fowl, for the purpose of warming them and hatching the young; or to sit over and cover young, as a hen her chickens, in order to warm and protect them; hence, to sit quietly, as if brooding.
  10. To sit over, cover, and cherish; as, a hen broods her chickens.
  11. To think anxiously or moodily upon.

Synonyms:

pass over, lie in, get across, set, concern, have a lot on your mind, cark, cross, young, hulk, agonize, incubate, treat, oscillate, thoughts, offspring, hardly dare (to) breathe, think of, predominate, overcompensate, bullock, brat, lie, filly, covey, fidget, breed, mope, spread over, hide, populate, encompass, mop, yammer, worry, plow, cut through, flap, overlay, chirp, bevy, underwrite, drove, continue, fret, fear, wrap up, seed, pout, calf, group, bulk large, cub, loom, fawn, extend, consist, foal, dream up, handle, whine, deal, panic, concoct, levitate, cheep, grizzle, hover, caw, oviparous, sit, offspring, get, yawp, enshroud, posterity, upset yourself, comprehend, hatching, monkey, kid, pack, beat, kiddy, harp, vibrate, dread, chick, swarm, baby, get over, embrace, cry, report, litter, traverse, family, live, insure, linger, kin, shroud, mow, compensate, cut across, progeny, devil, mite, lot, kiddie, colt, issue, hatch, sulk, dwell, tower, herd, young, brooding, crybaby, cover, stew, alight, vacillate, address, grudge, cover up, flock, coo, inhabit, chatter, think up, track.

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